Iran executes a young wrestler on Saturday over the murder of a public sector worker during anti-government protests in August 2018.
Navid Afkari was executed in the morning at a prison in the southern city of Shiraz, provincial prosecutor general Kazem Mousavi was quoted as saying on state television’s website.
The 27-year-old had been found guilty of “voluntary homicide” for stabbing to death Hossein Torkman, a water department worker, on August 2, 2018, according to the judiciary.
Shiraz and several other urban centres across the Islamic republic had been the scene that day of anti-government protests and demonstrations over economic and social hardship.
Reports published abroad say Afkari was condemned based on confessions extracted under torture, prompting online campaigns of support for his release.
The judiciary’s Mizan Online news agency denied the accusations.
The sentence had been carried out at “the insistence of the victim’s family”, said Mousavi, the prosecutor general for Fars province.
Afkari’s lawyer, Hassan Younessi, said on Twitter that several people in Shiraz were to meet with the slain worker’s family on Sunday to ask for their forgiveness.
He also said that based on criminal law in Iran “the convict has a right to meet his family before the execution.”
“Were you in such a hurry to carry out the sentence that you deprived Navid of his last visit?”
US President Donald Trump had pleaded for Afkari’s life earlier this month, saying that his “sole act was an anti-government demonstration on the streets”. Read here